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muimi07 Jan 30, 2013 05:17 PM

I'm in the process (re)building my bakeware stash. I've always gotten cheapo pans which works for a bit but gets warped and rusted after awhile. This time, I have a bit more to start with so I want to buy myself a collection of real, quality pans that can last more than a year or so.

I'm looking for round and square cake pans (6" and 8"), half and full sheet pans and cookie sheets. Would also love recs for casserole dishes, etc.

  1. Breadcrumbs Feb 10, 2013 10:40 AM

    I visited HomeSense (a TJX company - Canada's version of HomeGoods) yesterday and thought I'd report back to let folks know that they had several pieces of bakeware made by Chicago Metallic and were their Commercial line. The pieces were a good heavy weight and appeared to be well made. I would note that they are made in China though, not the US as one might think. All items were under $10

    1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 1, 2013 06:36 PM

      I like Chicago Metallic.

      1. muimi07 Feb 1, 2013 02:41 PM

        Thanks for the recs, everyone! Currently looking at the Fat Daddios vs. Chicago Metallics right now -- any pros or cons to etiher?

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        1. re: muimi07
          mandymoo Feb 1, 2013 06:17 PM

          HI, cannot comment on Fat Daddios as I have never used that brand but I just got another Chicago Metallic pan delivered by UPS tonight. Looks good and cost me about $13.00. At that price point it can't hurt to try!

          1. re: muimi07
            TraderJoe Feb 2, 2013 11:37 AM

            Fat Daddio is very expensive for a product made in China. Both Chicago Metallic and USA Pans are excellent but which I prefer becomes pan specific. Drilled bread pans like Baguette pans, French Loaf pans etc I prefer Chicago Metallic. For traditional 8.5x4.5 or 9x5 bread pans and muffin pans I greatly prefer USA pans.

          2. Candy Jan 31, 2013 02:31 PM

            Fat Daddio's is a good brand. Well made in the USA of heavy aluminum. If you are afraid of aluminum or silicone, use a layer of parchment paper in the bottom. USA Pan is also a very good line of bakeware, silicone coated, heavy and even heating. Nordicware, besides their fancy molds has very good sheet pans of various sizes. La Forme is also very good.

            Avoid stainless steel like the plague. It is a very poor conductor of heat. That is why All Clad and other stainless producers add a sandwich of aluminum or copper between the layers of stainless steel.

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              mandymoo Jan 31, 2013 06:45 AM

              I have been replacing bakeware and casserole dishes, gratins, etc. myself recently. I went with Emile Henry for my two gratins, lasagna dish and a pie dish. For my cookie sheets, jelly roll pans and so forth I have been purchasing Chicago Metallic (on Amazon or restaurant supply stores online). I like the Chicago Metallic pans because they aren't terribly expensive which is good for me because I basically abuse the heck out of my metal cookie sheets and the like. This way when they go to the trash I won't feel so bad!

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                laraffinee Jan 31, 2013 05:33 AM

                I updated my bake ware last year, for all the same reasons, and have been happy with my choices. I got a lot of the Kaiser La Forme Plus as my main bakeware in all kinds of sizes and I love it. You do have to had wash it and metal spatulas will scratch it, but I have adjusted to it and still love it a lot. I also got Vollrath heavy gauge (10 gauge) cookie sheets and am also really happy with those.

                1. Breadcrumbs Jan 30, 2013 05:27 PM

                  I have purchased high quality sheet pans at a very reasonable price at restaurant supply stores. Costco also carries them from time to time.

                  The "USA Pans" TJ mentions below are currently on sale at Williams Sonoma and regardless of whether or not you intend to purchase them, it might be worth stopping by the store to get a sense of the weight, quality etc.

                  1. TraderJoe Jan 30, 2013 05:20 PM

                    Search Amazon for "USA Pans". Made in America and awesome quality.

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